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Old 05-19-2010, 04:57 PM
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Tobacco Worms

I am trying to figure out what to do this year for my tomatoes before the tobacco worms hit the tomatoes! Has anyone else ever had a problem with them? One of my SIL's says she just squishes them, but those things are huge and nasty! Not sure I can just squish them between my fingers like she does. I'd have to have disposable gloves in the garden! lol Anyone know of anything that will get them? They can strip a plant in one day and all you have left is the stem! Help!
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Can you pick them off the plant and put in a jar of water??

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Old 05-19-2010, 05:51 PM
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They are sort of prickly, almost like they don't want to let go of the plant, but I suppose doing as you say would be much better than squishing them! And you have to really hunt for them, they are the color of the plant and about 2 inches long and as big around as your little finger.
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If you spread lime(sp?) on the plants the worms will not bother them. Other than that, if they are white, you are too let them on the plants. The white is eggs, and when the eggs hatch (the eggs are actually from another type of bug) the hatched bug will eat the other tobacco worms.

If they are fully green you are to pick them off and get rid of them.

Interesting huh?

But, they are u-g-l-y things aren't they?
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Old 06-13-2010, 05:53 AM
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Thanks mom2-4! I have never seen the white "egg sacks", but will take a look for them. I donlt like to put pesticides on the plants unless it is a very last resort, guess llime wouldn't fall into that would it? Anyone know if there are any effects from it like a pesticide?
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Tomato worms

I always plant marigolds surrounding my tomato plants. The worms don't like the smell of them.
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My parents/g-parents as well as myself always planted Marigolds in between tomato plants and never had any kind of worms on them. Good luck
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